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Frankrike har en mangfoldsminister, Abderrahmane Dahmane, som er sterk motstander av debatten om islam og sekularisme som skal finne sted 5 april.

Han er så sterk motstander at han ba muslimer som er medlem av det regjerende UMP-partiet om ikke å fornye medlemskapet, hvis debatten finner sted.

Den slags utpressing kunne ikke Nicolas Sarkozy finne seg i, og Dahmane ble sparket.

Interessant er det å se hva slags argumenter han bruker: han mener muslimene i Frankrike har det som jødene under annen verdenskrig, og hevder at det er «nazister» som har fått i stand debatten 5. april. Han synes med andre ord å gå helt opp i rollen fra annen verdenskrig.

Mer skjer på samme front: 11. april trer burkaforbudet i kraft.

Abderrahmane Dahmane, a Muslim and former UMP official appointed to his post only in January, was protesting against a planned debate on Islam.

He said Muslim members of the UMP should not renew their party membership unless the debate was cancelled.

He condemned UMP leader Jean-Francois Cope as a «plague for Muslims».

Mr Dahmane’s sacking was reported by the French news agency AFP, which gave no details.

The UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) is planning to hold a public debate on 5 April on «Islam and secularism».

The debate will explore firstly how «the practice of religions may be compatible with the rules of the secular republic», and secondly «the question of Islam in France».

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Dahmane compared the situation of French Muslims to that of Jews during World War II and said the debate had been planned by a «handful of neo-Nazis».

France has the largest Muslim minority of any EU country and controversies have arisen over the state’s attempts to impose secular values in public institutions such as schools.

A public ban on face-covering veils comes into force on 11 April.

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